You could just spend $79 and have the client buy a better SOHO router, but I'm frugal. So, native Windows VPN isn't working for you...what next?
It's free and a simple download that runs on each "resource" that you need access to on both the local and remote side. The actual VPN is managed remotely by LogMeIn and you provide a "network name" and "password" that all clients can use to network. Some people call this a "cloud-based VPN". Once everyone is connected you use network resources as you normally would. Problems:
But you can get it setup quickly. Honestly, I usually have the client install this first when I have PPTP VPN setup issues (darn Linksys routers). Then I remote in and configure something better and uninstall this. What I found works best is...
This is open source software that runs on almost any OS. It is geared toward the Linux/scripting crowd though. There is an admin GUI, but it's less than helpful. And you have to learn about TAP and TUN adapters and when to use them. And there is no standard Windows authentication (or even user/password) out-of-the-box. And you must setup a certificate for your server and keys for every VPN user. Then you must distribute the keys, securely. And then you must...I'm exhausted just writing this paragraph. So, this requires me to have a site visit just to get the VPN going.
The above was my, and many people's, first impressions of OpenVPN for many, many years. OpenVPN just wasn't a one-click install and "lights out" after that. My biggest frustration was figuring out how to bridge and route some traffic and not other traffic.
This is no longer an issue as the fine folks at OpenVPN have created one-click VPN "appliances" that run on VMWare and VirtualServer.
I have yet to have a network or hardware configuration that OpenVPN could not support. Ever. It just works. And it is now simple to setup with no Linux experience necessary.
Here is how you set it up:
Couldn't be easier when your router won't support M$'s native VPN abilities.
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